Bangladesh, India to work together for dev

United News of Bangladesh | Published: 10:46, Oct 17,2016

Sheikh Hasina, Narenda Modi

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina meets her Indian counterpart Narenda Modi at a hotel in Goa on Sunday night. — Indian PMO photo

The prime minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narenda Modi had a bilateral meeting here on Sunday night reassuring that Bangladesh and India will remain together for the sake of development.

The meeting was held at Leela Hotel Goa here.

‘For the sake of development, Bangladesh will remain beside India while India beside Bangladesh,’ foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque told reporters after the meeting.

He said the Indian prime minister highly appreciated the anti-terrorism stance of Bangladesh government. ‘Modi also wanted to know from Hasina about the secret behind the success of her government in containing terrorism,’ the foreign secretary said.

Shahidul Haque termed the meeting of the two leaders of the neighbouring countries as fruitful as it was held in a very cordial atmosphere.

PM's press secretary Ihsanul Karim said Sheikh Hasina informed the Indian Prime Minister about the awareness among people regarding her government's anti-terrorism stance.

‘We're creating awareness against terrorism from the family level as the Imams of mosques are talking about the darkness of terrorism,’ the PM's press secretary quoted Sheikh Hasina as telling Modi.

He also said Hasina mentioned about the huge positive response from people about the awareness building against terrorism.

Responding to a question regarding the longstanding Teesta water sharing treaty, Shahidul Haque said the issue did not come up for discussion at the meeting. ‘But, the Indian Prime Minister assured his Bangladesh counterpart to resolve all the problems with united efforts.’

Replying to another question, he said there is a possibility of a bilateral visit by Sheikh Hasina to India in December next. ‘The Foreign Ministry is working on it,’ he said.

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